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Sunday 23 July 2017

Gardai warned as toxic gas used to kill rats on ship puts five people in hospital

Michael McHugh

GARDAI on the Border have been put on alert after five people were taken to hospital when toxic gas used to kill rodents escaped from a ship docked in Co Down.

Cargo on the vessel at Warrenpoint had become wet and unstable and a cordon has been established.

The gas is aluminium phosphide, a pesticide used to kill small mammals such as moles and rodents.

Gardai have been informed of the potential of the chemical compound to drift into the Republic.

A PSNI spokesman said: "It is believed that there are five casualties suffering from

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